Topic: Russia-India partnership
MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti)
- Russia, India to sign additional accord on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier
- Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier overhaul to cost India $2.3 bln
- Russia, India agree to sign new deal on aircraft carrier overhaul
- Medvedev urges completion of aircraft carrier for India
A Russian aircraft carrier which is being refurbished for the Indian Navy will begin sea trials in May for the first time in two decades and is to be handed over to India by December 2012, a shipyard official said on Tuesday.
The purchase of the Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov was agreed in 2004 with delivery initially due for 2008. The delivery date slipped on numerous occasions and the final price for the ship has more than doubled.
The cost of refurbishing Gorshkov, to be renamed INS Vikramaditya, has gone up from $947 million to $2.3 billion.
“The vessel is expected to undertake sea trials at the end of May,” Sergei Novosyolov, deputy director of the Sevmash shipyard in the far northern port of Severodvinsk, which is refitting the 45,000-ton ship which Russia took out of service in 1992.
Russia is one of India’s largest suppliers of military hardware.
Ninety-six Indian specialists are currently being trained to operate the ship, Novosyolov said, adding that the final number of those to be trained is 1,401.
Last week, a Russian military source said Russia would hand over the nuclear-powered Nerpa submarine to India by the end of the month.
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- lmHasty birds do not build good nest14:48, 17/01/2012Why Russia had to sell its two aircraft carriers.
If the Russian leaders were wise they could of have 4 aircraft carriers with the navy.
- shanksinhaTimely delivery and continuing support must be ensured01:26, 22/01/2012The Gorshkov saga has left a lot of bad blood in Indo-Russian defence relationship. Not all of it was of Russian making of course. Indian Navy too had miscalculated its strategic vision as to what it wanted the carrier to do. Expansion of operational capabilities demands expansion of upgrade work. Sevmash for its part seriously underestimated the scope and cost of work. Resulting time and fiscal slippages have resulted in some very bad press in India. Time and cost overruns however aren't something exclusive to Russo-Indian military projects, they happen everywhere. Western vested interests in this case, effectively used this episode to tarnish Russian goodwill in India.
The only way to redeem the deal now, is to ensure delivery within 2012 and provide continuing after sales support for the anticipated long life cycle of the ship. This has the potential to again become a benchmark deal of Indo-Russian military co-operation in coming years.
The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.